I am having trouble picking colors in the Swatch palette, mostly because the swatches are so small. Is there an easier way to pick these colors? I would just use the regular color picker but I like the swatches because I can put in custom colors that i use over and over again. Any ideas?
If you are using CS2, you could try increasing the size of the swatches.
Click the small arrow, in the upper right corner of the Swatches palette, to access the palette options.
Select Large Thumbnails or Large List from the menu that appears.
That will increase their size substantially and, hopefully, make your life easier.
Many of Photoshop's palettes can be re-sized in a similar fashion. Check the Palette Options to see what your choices are. One of the best new features of Photoshop is the ability to customize the interface.